Senior, retired Maryland Park Police horse selected based on reliability and personality
In an effort to draw attention to our equine volunteers, as well as recognize a local business that PETS and the Prince Georges’ County Equestrian Center, Showplace Arena rely on, PETS has begun the “PETS/R&D Cross Horse of the Year Award.”
R&D Cross, of Southern States, is a landmark Upper Marlboro store that has helped supply the program’s feed and horse care needs for many years. Recently R&D Cross assisted PETS with acquiring and installing heavy duty metal fencing panels for the horse’s turnout area. This fencing helped cut down on the amount of labor it took each year to repair the turnout and make it ready for the horses’ return each riding season.
The 2012 winning horse is “Herbie”. A 30-year old, bay Quarter horse, Herbie came to the PETS program many years ago after being retired from the Maryland Park Police. During his time with the program he has become the most reliable mount for the riders we serve. His disposition allows instructors to use him with young, limited, timid first time riders and more experienced independent riders. His personality shows an eagerness to work as well as get along with the other horses in the program. His nature and popularity have led him to be used in every lesson.
2012 Horse of the Year winner “Herbie” with (left to right) Liz Yewell (P.G. Equestrian Center), Instructor Chris Blegen, PATH Certified Head Instructor Debbi Bly, Herbie, Volunteer/Rider Greg Griffin, Instructor Mary Jane Coolen, Instructor Clara Carey, PATH Certified Instructor Kim Molhoek, Program Director. (PETS photo)
Voting for the PETS/R&D Cross Horse of the Year was done by ballot at the Equestrian Center barn as well as online at PETS’ Facebook page. Eligibility was that each nominee had to be used in the year’s riding season. The top two horses were then forwarded to the instructors for the final selection based on the horse’s performance and reliability this season.